Gates of the Arctic is the United States’ premier wilderness park. Its towering mountains run through a delicate balance of tundra, boreal forest, and coastal plains fed by icy rivers and lakes. Here visitors experience solitude, self reliance and nature on its own terms. However, the short growing season and permafrost create a surprisingly fragile Arctic ecosystem. The National Park Service is dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural wonders of the park as well as the wilderness experience available to all.
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